Motorsport: Armstrong leading charge

Motorsport: Armstrong leading charge
  1. Motorsport: Armstrong leading charge
    Youngster Marcus Armstrong will lead the Kiwi charge over the next five weeks of the Toyota Racing Series which begins at Ruapuna in Christchurch this weekend.The 16-year-old Armstrong has earned a place in the…
Kiwi teen with ambition to drive at Formula One level sets sights on TRS championship Kiwi driver Brendon Leitch is expected to do well in this year's Toyota Racing Series. Picture / Bruce Jenkins

Youngster Marcus Armstrong will lead the Kiwi charge over the next five weeks of the Toyota Racing Series which begins at Ruapuna in Christchurch this weekend.

The 16-year-old Armstrong has earned a place in the highly-respected Ferrari Driver Academy and has an ambitions to drive in Formula One.

Now living in Europe, he heads to New Zealand this summer to compete in the premier domestic championship for the first time with a simple goal - winning the crown.

"I always go into an event or series with high expectations," said Armstrong.

"Even though the series in Europe didn't finish until mid-December I will still feel a little rusty on the first few laps.

"I haven't driven the car before but it shouldn't be too dissimilar to the British F3 cars that I drove earlier last season.

"I don't think adjusting to the new car will be too much of an issue because there is so much track time leading into the Ruapuna - with three days of testing there."

The TRS schedule

Jan 14-15: Ruapuna (Christchurch).

Jan 21-22: Teretonga (Invercargill).

Continued below.

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The Toyota Racing Series has attracted a number of the most talented up-and-coming drivers from around the world.

Last year's champion Lando Norris is already working with the McLaren F1 team and is expected to go a long way in the sport. He withdrew from competing in New Zealand this summer to focus on his year ahead in Europe but Armstrong will continue a rivalry with many other competitors he has seen in Europe.

"A lot of the guys I have already raced against in Formula Renault. It is not a new thing for me to be competing against them.

"It is disappointing that Lando pulled out - he would have been strong and it would have been good to be teammates with him for sure," said Armstrong.

"Jehan [Daruvala], [Pedro] Piquet and [Ferdinand] Habsburg will be strong no doubt.

"I haven't raced Piquet before but I have had quite a bit of experience racing against Ferdinand and Jehan so that will be good."

Marcus Armstrong. Photo / Edwin Nieuwenhuis Marcus Armstrong. Photo / Edwin Nieuwenhuis

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